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2017 RCSI Surgical Case Competition

20 February 2017

2017 RCSI Surgical Case Competition

David Hakim
On Tuesday 2nd February, the RCSI Surgical Society hosted the annual RCSI Surgical Case Competition, and although the damp weather delayed the start slightly, it didn't dampen the competitive spirit of the participants. First to take the floor was Conor Mulvin (IC1) presenting an interesting case of Rotationplasty. Conor was followed by Quentin Jeantet (SC2) presenting on the removal of a Suprascapular Dermal Sarcoma, and then David Hakim (IC3) presenting a Laparoscopic Staged Liver Resection. Next up was the first and only female participant this year, Dorothy Antonatos (SC2) presenting a rare case of Appendiceal Endometriosis in a Pregnant Woman, and closing out the competition was James Ulrich (SC1) with a case of Anterior Cranial floor repair with a split calavarial graft.

Dorothy Antonatos

After each presentation Professor James Paul O'Neill, the judge for the evening, grilled the participants on a wide range of topics associated with their case, from types of sarcomas, and explaining GCS, to questions on the currently published research on the individual techniques used. After all the presentations had finished Professor O'Neill spoke highly of the participants efforts, noting that the standard was extremely high as usual, and explaining his tough questioning based on the logic of "If you put it on a slide or mentioned it in your presentation or answers, then its fair game for questioning". He also recounted his own experience of being grilled in the Junior Case Competition, only to come back later to win the Senior Case Competition.

Quentin Jeantet

But on the night there could be only one winner, and that was David Hakim who wins the Professor James Paul O'Neill Medal, which will be presented to him at the RCSI Surgical Society's Inaugural event later in the semester. David also went on to represent RCSI in the 11th Annual Intercollegiate Case Competition, which was held on 8th February, as part of the Charter Day programme of events.